Scripture: "When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am.” (John 14:3 )
One of the greatest comforts of being a Christian is that we can trust God’s Word. Jesus has promised to return for His followers and that “His Kingdom will never end” (Luke 1:33 ). We can share God’s comfort with others, caring for them -- as Jesus cared for those around Him – and helping them prepare for His return. We can show we care by letting others know about Jesus, every chance we have, so they can share a joyful eternity with the Lord, too.
Although Jesus is not physically with us, we experience evidence of God’s hand in our lives. One reason is because Jesus promised His Holy Spirit would be with His followers, that He “will not abandon you as orphans — I will come to you” (John 14:18 ). With His promise, He instructed, “If you love Me, obey My commandments” (John 14:15 ). The Apostle John, also wrote about companionship and following Jesus’ commandments in his later writings: “if anyone does sin, we have an Advocate who pleads our case before the Father” (John 14:15 ), “and we can be sure that we know Him if we obey His commandments” (1 John 2:3)
What happens if people don’t obey, not caring for others as He instructed us to? The Bible says that “All the nations will be gathered in His presence, and He will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (Matthew 25:32). He will give blessed, loving words to the righteous “sheep,” who did care for others. But He will say, “Away with you, you cursed ones” (Matthew 25:41) to those who ignored the needs of others. Christians can care for non-Believers as though for a child, sharing God’s Good News. With the Holy Spirit guiding us, we can lead others, as Jesus taught: “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children” (Luke 18:16).
* The Prayer, Care and Share Jesus (PCS) series is a guide to help you PRAY and CARE for others and SHARE your faith in Jesus *
Scripture: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations ..." (Matthew 28:19a)
Jesus gave his disciples the Great Commission to share the gospel with everyone (Matthew 28:19-20) just before He rose from the dead into heaven. Today, only about 2 out of 7 billion people on earth call themselves disciples of Jesus, or Christians. The task is to the spread the gospel is still great. As you personally accept the challenge to share the gospel daily, you are helping to give everyone on earth multiple opportunities to receive Jesus as Savior.
Many of you have the gift of direct evangelism: you easily share the salvation message of the gospel with lost people every day. In our Prayer, Care & Share Teaching (PCS), I encourage you to share the gospel of Jesus daily.
I praise God with you if you are a part of the 4% of the world using your gift of evangelism on a daily basis. You may be part of the 96% that are not evangelizing for reasons like: Fear about speaking to strangers about your faith; not knowing how to share your faith; not having the gift of personal evangelism or something else. If you are, I encourage you to ask God to guide you and help you to be bold in sharing your faith.
Wherever you are in your faith-sharing journey, I encourage you to walk expectantly knowing that God can and wants to use YOU! Some ways of learning how to share the gospel can be found on our website at www.godlife.com/topics/share
Next week we will show you how every single believer whether you are 3 or 103 can share your faith in Jesus.
Your PRAY NOW Challenge: "Lord, I praise You because You not only desire to use ME, but because You can use ME to share my faith with others. Please reveal where the enemy is holding me back so that I can resist the enemy and make him flee! (James 4:7) I pray in Jesus name amen."
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When you have the opportunity to share the story of God’s love with someone, do you know what to say about the Good News? Click the link to learn more about explaining your hope in God’s salvation in the New Believer’s Guide.
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Will you pray this week that:
• You will thank God that we can trust His Word
• You will thank the Lord that Jesus will return for His followers
• We will follow God’s leading in sharing the Good News
• We will obey Jesus in caring for others
• You will reach out boldly to the people around me and to lovingly ask about the needs they may have that day
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